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Issue 31
May 2012 
Iyar 5772

Dear Reader,


One theme that is especially prominent during the forthcoming festival of Shavuos is that of achdus, Jewish unity. 
At Har Sinai, the entire Jewish nation stood together, as Rashi comments, 'like one man with one heart'. It seems particularly appropriate therefore that the run-up to Shavous represents a date in the PaL calendar, our annual Israel trip, when we work closely together with a number of other Jewish institutions and organisations, including Tribe, Partners in Torah, and a wide range of seminaries.  
Our mutual goal of bringing Jews together from across the spectrum of the community, to learn Torah and strengthen their connection to their Jewish heritage, is a deeply rooted and binding one.

For more information about PaL's trip to Jerusalem in May, click here.


Wishing you all a chag sameach


Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community

Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE

'Hebrew Reading Crash Course'
Five week course, begins 1st May 2012. To register, telephone Linda on 020 8458 5836 or via www.kesher.org.uk
JLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 

'Summer JLounge'
Five week series, 'Philisophy Unplugged', begins Wednesday 2nd May at 8pm. Free entry for 18 to 35 year olds. For more information telephone 020 8458 4588. 


seed, Mowbray House, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 DJ


'Tomer Devorah - the 13 Attributes of G-d'

Fortnightly from 8th May, 8.15 - 9.30pm with Joanne Dove. £6 per session. For more information or to register email leat@seed.uk.net

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: I've heard that some people stay up all night learning Torah on the first night of Shavuos. How important is this custom and does it apply equally to women as well as to men?


A: Shavuos is the anniversary of the Sinaitic revelation, when our antecedents received the Torah.  It's obviously appropriate to learn Torah to mark the occasion; in fact, one of the most well-known practices of the festival is to study Torah throughout the first night, culminating in an early-morning service.  It's known as 'Tikkun Leil' - repairing the night and is a relatively recent development.  A midrash suggests that our ancestors overslept at Sinai and had to be woken to receive the Torah.  The 16th-century mystics reckoned that we, their descendents, need to 'repair' the damage, filling the entire night of Shavuos with Torah instead of sleep.  Originally (and still in some communities), this 'repair' consisted of passages from across the gamut of Torah literature; today, most either study or attend shiurim.  Although in the past, the 'Tikkun' was attended only by men, it has been come increasingly common for women to participate.

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